I have a pool in the backyard and even when it is cold I will spend at least five minutes in it every day. That little bit of exercise is good for you.
I don’t like the idea of going to the beach, because sometimes it ends up being a bit of a hassle and sometimes the water can straight up make you sick.
We have all inhaled some water before, but we never think that we will end up being on an episode of Monsters Inside Me because of it…
Early Friday morning, surfers walking to the ocean through Makalei Beach Park on the Ewa side of Diamond Head paused to read warning signs posted by the state Department of Health Clean Water Branch by the steps leading down to Kaluahole Beach.
“Caution: high bacteria levels found here on 10-7,” read the signs. ”Contact with water may cause illness.”
An advisory posted Thursday on the Clean Water Branch website stated that a count of 146 enterococci per 100 milliliters of beachwater, exceeding the risk threshold level of 130 ent/ 100 mL, had been found in samples taken during routine monitoring Wednesday.
The cause was undetermined, the advisory said, stating that enterococcus is a fecal indicator bacteria often found with pathogenic microorganisms that can cause gastroenteritis and ear, eye, nose and throat infections.
It warned that children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely to develop illnesses after swimming in polluted water.
On the beach, a couple played in the brownish, high-tide shorebreak with two small children and an infant, their towels hung on a naupaka hedge near a bacteria warning sign.
The surfers paddled out to the break known as Suis, where, in between sets of smooth, 2-foot waves in the still, hazy air, they discussed the signs, which none of them could remember having seen there before.
“Where you enter the water, there were those floating bubbles that come with polluted water,” said Ron Iwami, a retired City and County firefighter.
“I think the water looked worse yesterday,” said bodyboarder Peter Ono, a.k.a. “Boogie Pete,” a bartender who was laid off when his Waikiki employer closed in March.
“The water doesn’t look that dirty,” said a non-regular.
“Bacteria are invisible,” someone else said.
“Just try not to swallow any water, I guess,” Ono said.